HCL is all geared up to get in the heat of the tablet market in India. At a press conference at Delhi,India the company launched its new ME line of tablets and a phablet device too. Three new devices launched by HCL include the ME Y3 and the ME U2 tablets as well as the ME V1 phablet. These devices have different specifications, while all the tablets have 7 inch displays, the phablet ME V1 has cellular capabilities with phone calling onboard.
The HCL ME Y3 above comes at a price bracket of Rs.11,999 for which the 7 inch tablet carries quite a punch. It has a resolution of 1024*600 which is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor buffered by 1 GB of RAM. The ME Y3 carries a 3.2 megapixel camera at the back and 0.3 megapixel front shooter. It holds 4 GB of internal memory and can be expanded to 32GB using a microSD card. The 3,100 mAh carries enough juice for all the daily tasks. You get all the standard connectivity features on the device like 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi and also, Mini HDMI and Mini USB.
The HCL U2 is targeted at the entry level but still posses some impressive specifications. At a very attractive price point of Rs.5,999 it provides a 7 inch WVGA screen , a 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor coupled with a 1 GB RAM and Mali 400 GPU for the gaming lovers. The tablet provides a front facing 0.3 megapixel camera with a similar 4GB internal storage and microSD expansion slot. Juiced by a 3,000 mAh battery, it manages to connect a 3G dongle and WiFi as well.
The third device in the line of ME devices is the V1 phablet. By the look of it , it gives a very elegant statement.It has an integrated voice call receiver alongwith mobile data capabilities. It is powered by a decent 1 GHz cortex A8 processor and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM. The storage when compared is similar to the other two with 4GB internal and microSD expansion to 32 GB. The V1 comes with a 2 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front camera. It stays connected using WiFi , Bluetooth, USB and 3G via USB. All this is taken care by a 3200 mAh battery.
New Delhi, 05 February 2013: HCL Infosystems Ltd. India’s Premier Services and ICT Systems Integration, Distribution and Hardware Company today announced Unmukt Chand as the brand ambassador for its HCL ME Tab range. Unmukt unveiled the latest range of HCL ME tablets which are available at very competitive prices with unbeatable features – HCL ME U2 – INR 5,999, HCL ME V1 – INR 7,999 and HCL ME Y3 – INR 11,999. Unmukt gained fame as the U-19 Indian cricket team skipper who led the team to victory in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2012.
Unmukt as a part of this engagement will endorse HCLI’s Mobility products across various platforms and will also feature in upcoming multimedia ad campaigns. The new HCL ME tablets unveiled by Unmukt have been designed keeping students and young professionals in mind.
Mr. Gautam Advani, Global Head, Mobility Business Unit, HCL Infosystems Ltd. said, “We’re very delighted to have Unmukt Chand as our brand ambassador for our ME Tablet brand. Unmukt’s exuberance and passion to excel is an apt personification of our brand. Like Unmukt, the ME Tab brand is young, focussed and raring to go. Our tablets have created a substantial space of its own in the market in a short span of time and we have received great response from our customers. With the launch of the new range we are aiming at strengthening our portfolio in the Phablet category as well. V1 which is a robust 2G calling phablet and Y3, a dual-SIM, dual stand-by 3G model will enable us to capture the calling segment in the market. ME Tablets enables the youth of today to realize more out of life. The brand’s core values of novelty, passion and excitement will further be amplified by Unmukt’s association and will help us take the brand to the next level.”
Unmukt Chand commenting on the occasion said, “I am very happy to be associated with HCL Infosystems. It’s truly a moment of pride for me to be a part of a brand that is committed to bringing a positive change in the life of the youth of today as well as being a huge enabler for their aspirations. HCL tablets are stylish, feature-rich, user friendly and will help the consumers get more from the gadget and their life. I look forward to a very fruitful relationship with the HCL ME Tab brand and the team.”
HCL ME Y3 is the best available device in its price range. As compared to similar tablets the Y3 scores not only on the price but also provides for better features such as 1 Ghz Cortex A9 CPU for a faster experience, Built-in GPS & FM Radio and a mini HDMI Port. Also, the HCL Me Y3 has a Dual SIM which none of the closest competitors has.
HCL ME V1, housed in a slim metal ID has features that make it an outright winner against similar tablets available in the Indian market. It is a pure Phablet device with integrated voice receiver and integrated call vibrate option and built in EDGE Data support. It also has a dual camera, built in proximity sensor and 1 GB DDR3 RAM for faster processing. Whether the user wishes to take a call or listen to music, there is no additional accessory needed on the V1. It also has a robust 3200 mAH Li-Po Battery and supports up to 11 3G USB dongles.
The HCL ME U2 also outplays its nearest competitors with many first time features in its category such as a 1 Ghz Cortex A9, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, Full HD, support up to 16 external dongles and mini HDMI.
Some of the apps that comes pre-loaded with the new range of HCL ME Tabs are Big-Flix, Cleartrip, LinkedIn, NimBuzz, Twitter and Facebook. Also as an introductory offer HCL Infosystems offers MyEduWorld 1+1(Buy 1 Year Content & get next year content free; MyEduWorld will be available in the new range of ME Tablets from April 2013 onwards), Cleartrip Travel Voucher—worth Rs. 2500 and Magzter-Digital Magazine Store-One Month Subscription to Digital Magazine’s such as India Today, Filmfare, Cricket Today and much more.
The HCL ME tablets will be supported by an integrated back up service – HCL Touch, a 24X7 one touch service facility. As of now the tablets are available in select cities and will be available across the country by February 2013 onwards.